Country Correspondents

Professor Chester Brown
Sydney University 

Professor Chester Brown is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; a Barrister at 7 Selborne Chambers, Sydney, and an overseas associate of Essex Court Chambers, London, and Maxwell Chambers, Singapore. He teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law. He also maintains a practice in these fields, and has been involved as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, inter-State and investor-State arbitral tribunals, as well as in international commercial arbitrations.

Dr Dalma Demeter
University of Canberra

Dalma has a truly international background, encompassing both civil law and common law education and practice, with law degrees from leading European and US universities and Australian qualifications in higher education. She is teaching and researching in international arbitration, international sales law, international trade law and mooting. Dalma is also an arbitrator in international commercial disputes and an arbitrator at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in both Hong Kong and Vienna. She is also a contributor to law reform inquiries in private international law, alternative dispute resolution and international trade law. Dalma is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Australia, of the Law Council of Australia International Division, of the Australian UNCITRAL Coordination Committee, of the ACT Law Society, of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), of the Shenzen Arbitration Commission, of the Institute for Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA), of the International Network of Women in Dispute Resolution (ArbitralWomen) and of the Romanian Bar Association. She is fluent in English, Hungarian and Romanian.

Dr Chen Fuyong
Beijing Arbitration Commission 


Dr Chen Fuyong is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Arbitration Commission and the Vice-President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He is a qualified PRC lawyer with a LLB from China University of Political Science and Law, a LLM from Peking University and a PhD from Tsinghua University. Dr Chen was a visiting researcher (2007-08) at the Law School of UC-Berkeley and is a Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at Renmin University of China. Dr Chen has published over ten journal articles on commercial dispute resolution, including “Striving for Independence, Competence and Fairness: A Case Study of Beijing Arbitration Commission”, in The American Review of International Arbitration, v.18/no.3. His dissertation titled “The Unfinished Transformation: An Empirical Analysis of the Current Status and Future Trends of China’s Arbitration Institutions” was awarded 2010 Beijing Excellent Doctoral Dissertation. Dr Chen is also the co-author of China Arbitration Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell 2011) and the General Editor of Beijing Arbitration Quarterly. He has extensive experience in handling various commercial disputes through arbitration and mediation and is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars.

Professor Chen Jianfu
La Trobe University

jchenProfessor Jianfu Chen, LLM (Hon I, Syd), PhD (Syd), is Professor of Law and a former Head of School (2008-2010), School of Law, La Trobe University.  Professor Chen is also an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)Professor Chen specialises in international and comparative law, international business and trade law, globalisation and law, and Chinese law. He has published (authored, co-authored and co-edited) 17 books and over 80 book chapters and journal articles. Some of his publications have been translated into French and Chinese, and some have been collected in Collection of Major Works. His main publications include From Administrative Authorisation to Private Law: a Comparative Perspective of the Developing Civil Law in the PRC (1995), Balancing Act: Law, Policy and Politics in Globalisation and Global Trade (co-editor, Sydney: Federation Press, 2004); Chinese Law: Context & Transformation (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008, new edition forthcoming 2016); and International Law in East Asia (co-editor, London: Ashgate Publishers, 2011). Professor Chen teaches International Trade Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution in China in Australia and Asia.<

Arthur Ma
DaHui Lawyers

Arthur is a partner in the litigation and arbitration practice of DaHui Lawyers. He has accumulated extensive experience in commercial arbitration and litigation involving foreign interests and is especially adept at cross-border disputes and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. Prior to joining DaHui, Arthur worked with major international and PRC law firms in their Shanghai, London, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Beijing offices for more than 12 years. During this period, he represented clients in both domestic and foreign litigation and arbitration proceedings under different jurisdictions and different laws and rules, including disputes arising out of large-scale engineering and construction, joint ventures, equity transfers, private equity investments, and the international sales of goods.

Chiann Bao
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre 


As Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Chiann functions as the chief executive officer of the HKIAC and oversees the administration of a full range of ADR support services.  She is a Councillor of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).  In addition, Chiann serves as a board member of the Practical Law Company, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s International Advisory Board, the Asian Dispute Review’s Editorial Board, and the NYIAC Board of Advisors.  Chiann is an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University.  A New York qualified lawyer, Chiann practiced at an international law firm in New York before joining the HKIAC in 2010.

Vikas Mahendra
Arista Chambers

VikasVikas Mahendra is a Counsel at Arista Chambers who specialises in international arbitration and commercial dispute resolution. Previously he worked in the arbitration and litigation department of Herbert Smith Freehills’ London, Paris and Singapore offices. He has worked on a range of multi-jurisdictional contentious matters. He has acted for major energy, construction and mining companies on disputes in South-East Asia, Central America, India, Africa and UK in arbitrations conducted under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and the ICA rules of arbitration. He has assisted a number of clients with carrying out investigations – both internal and regulatory. Vikas is dual qualified – he is admitted as an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He received numerous awards for his study at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and in the European Masters in Law and Economics program in 2009.


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Professor Benjamin Hughes
Seoul National University Law School

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Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and associate professor of law at Seoul National University Law School. Ben has extensive experience as counsel in international arbitrations around the world and under most major arbitration rules.  He practiced international arbitration at a large US firm (in the US and Singapore), and was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at one of Korea’s oldest and largest full service law firms. Ben has been appointed as the sole, chair or co-arbitrator in arbitrations under rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, KLRCA, CIETAC, ACICA and KCAB, as well as ad-hoc arbitrations. He has also acted as Emergency Arbitrator and as arbitrator in expedited and fast track proceedings.

Ben is a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Executive Committee of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center, and a Director of the Korean Council for International Arbitration. He is also an advisor to the Korean Bar Association and the Korean Arbitration Association. In 2011, Mayor Won-Soon Park made Ben an honorary citizen of Seoul in recognition of his contributions to the legal community.

Jern-Fei Ng
Essex Court Chambers

jern-feiJern-Fei Ng was called to the Bar in 2002 and has been instructed as counsel in some 90 arbitrations and arbitration-related court proceedings and was named by Legal Week as one of ten Stars at the Bar for 2012. Mr Ng is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers. Recommended by UK Legal 500 and Chambers UK in up to five areas: Civil Fraud, Energy (Band 1), International Arbitration, Shipping and VAT; and by Chambers Asia in two categories – International Arbitration: English Bar in Asia-Pacific (Band 1) and International Arbitration: English Bar in Singapore (Band 1).Comments as published in the directories include: “QC in waiting” and “formidable advocate” with “top class” experience and a “blue-chip practice”, with “ringing endorsements from the market” and an ability to “present practical legal solutions that not only win you the battles, but also the war.” He has experience as arbitrator, with eight appointments over the past year, including appointments by the HKIAC, LCIA, PCA and SIAC.

Sharon Chong Tze Ying

Sharon ChongSharon Chong graduated from the University of London (External) with a LLB (Hons) degree. She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya in August 2008.Having completed her pupilage at Skrine, she joined as an Associate in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Associate in July 2012. Her portfolio of dispute resolution work focuses on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. Ms Chong acts as an advocate in a wide array of matters and cross-border disputes and has appeared as lead and junior counsel at all tiers of the Malaysian Courts and international arbitrations in Asia and Europe.

Minn Niang Oo
Allen & Gledhill

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Minn is a Partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP and the Managing Director of Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. based in Yangon, Myanmar. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and before that, a Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore, with oversight for Singapore’s trade agreements and World Trade Organisation-related matters, including policy review, formulation and negotiations. Minn is a legal adviser to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Chairman of the Myanmar International Arbitration Centre Formation Committee.  He is also a member of the Expert Panel of the Singapore Management University Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia and the Singapore Academy of Law Promotion of Singapore Law Committee. Minn has been appointed a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panellist for disputes between WTO Member States. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Minn is fluent in English, the Myanmar language and Malay.

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Alfredo B. Molo III

moloMr. Molo combines valuable insight gained clerking in the Supreme Court with several years of “bet-the-company” litigation in one of the top litigation firms in the country. He specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration with significant Supreme Court victories in the fields of commercial, constitutional, intellectual property and election law. He has advised an International Organization created by a bilateral Treaty on its defense against the encroachment by Philippine authorities of the organization’s treatygranted immunity. Philippine authorities eventually desisted. The Supreme Court has invited him to join its Expert Group on the Proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure (Motions and Special Remedies Committee). In 2013 he received a commendation from the Chief Justice for his “expertise and competence” in Civil Procedure. Having served as a technical consultant for legislators, an economic zone, and other government interests, Mr. Molo is well-versed in policy advocacy & reform. He is especially adept in helping clients successfully navigate the Philippine legislative process.

Mr. Molo was a member of the Editorial Board of the Harvard Asia Pacific Review, and now teaches Administrative Law, Agency & Partnership Law, and Legal Method in the College of Law of the University of the Philippines. He has served as part of the US Fulbright Competition’s Selection Committee, and is currently the Corporate Secretary and a Trustee of the Harvard Law School Association of the Philippines (HLSAP). He is a Founder and former Director of the Angara Centre, a privately-funded thinktank which he co-founded with a group of international scholars. The Angara Centre has brought to the Philippines Nobel-prize winning professors and experts to speak on matters affecting the national interest.

Yu-Jin Tay
DLA Piper


Yu-Jin Tay is the global co-chair of DLA Piper’s international arbitration practice, with responsibility for coordinating the firm’s international arbitration practice in Asia. Currently based in Singapore, he has practised international arbitration in Paris, London and Washington DC. Yu Jin focuses on international arbitrations arising from M&A, joint venture, oil and gas, infrastructure, energy and general commercial disputes, and has experience of arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules as well as the rules of most leading arbitral institutions including the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, AAA, CIETAC, DIAC, KLRCA and BANI, in major arbitral seats around the world. Since 2001, he has also advised and represented investors and governments in investment treaty arbitrations. In 2013, he was designated to ICSID’s panels of arbitrators and conciliators by the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

In addition to acting as counsel, Yu Jin sits as an arbitrator and has received appointments in ICC, SIAC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a member of various panels of arbitrators including the SIAC, ICSID, KLRCA, KCAB and VIAC. Yu-Jin also has experience conducting and coordinating complex corporate and internal investigations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Yu-Jin is an elected Council Member and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He presently chairs the SIArb’s Arbitration Bar Committee.

Shaun Wei Han Lee
Duane Morris & Selvam

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Shaun Wei Han Lee practices in the area of litigation and international arbitration at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP. Mr Lee has experience with commercial litigation, most recently with a focus on in technology, media and telecommunications disputes. He also advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters in online gaming, advertising, sanctions and consumer products, and also has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration. Mr Lee is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a native English speaker and is proficient in Mandarin. Mr Lee is a 2008 graduate (Hons.) of the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law.

Judge Sorawit Limparangsri
Office of the President of the Supreme Court

j13sorrawitJudge Sorawit Limparangsri is a judge of the Office of the President of the Supreme Court. He holds an LLB (Hons) Thammasat University, LLM Michigan University Ann Arbor School of Law, LLM Colombia University School of Law (with distinction, Halan Fisk Stone Scholar).



Chau Huy Quang
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers


Mr. Chau is a founding partner of LCT Lawyers, which is now known as Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers. With over 18 years’ experience in legal practice, including several years as legal counsel to leading international corporations (Perfetti Van Melle Corp, Sony Corporation, Vision Associate Deacons), Mr. Chau has been recognised by the legal community as one of the most efficient litigators in Vietnam. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Chau has been specially recommended by the Legal500 as a lawyer who “knows well how to deal with the authorities to resolve a variety of challenging legal matters in Vietnam to get things done; he is also very good at negotiating the legal proceedings and out-of-court and arbitration dispute settlements”.